Solved Looking for a Wireless Card for Windows 95

March 20, 2013 at 08:07:13
Specs: WIN95, PII450/1GIG
I've looked on the site and all I seem to find are notebook cards that are compatible with WIN95. I have, in addition to my old 286, a Pentium II 450 with a gig of ram, that I would like to revert to Windows 95. Wireless would be perfect but I know it's rather difficult to find anything that works. Are there any suggestions? It seems a USB adapter is out of the question so are there any cards that I could use? I also have a copy of Windows ME that I would consider using but I really want to use 95 if at all possible. And yes, I know I can use XP...but just like playing my old 5.25 games on my 286, there is something inherently nostalgic about using 95 to play my games from the 90's on. And the kids think I'm stupid for using my "old fogey" computer (despite liking the 286...irony huh?).

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March 21, 2013 at 20:11:55
I use a Netgear MA401 wireless card in my Gateway Solo P3C (R0) from early 1996.

It works under Open or 64/128-bit WEP security.

This is what the interface looks like looks like: http://sdfox7.com/win95/NETGEAR.BMP

The wireless card is the sole reason the laptop runs Windows 95 B instead of the original 4.00.950 it came with (or "A" with SP1 installed). I don't like "C" because it includes the desktop active update along with bloated IE 4.0.

Windows 95 B from 1996 has many refinements and many electronic devices require this minimum OS instead of the original.

It is a 16-bit non-Cardbus PCMCIA card that works on a vanilla install of Windows 95, does not require any Cardbus drivers or updates as long as it is Windows 95 B from 1996. It's basically plug-and-play, Windows 95 will detect the card once you plug it in. I've been using this card for around 10 years with no issues.

They're available on eBay sporadically so try to get one if you get the opportunity. I don't recommend Cardbus cards because they are very tricky to get working under Windows 95 and NT 4.0, BIOS interrupt conflicts, etc.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Computers-Tablets-Networking-/58058/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=ma401

If the seller does not include the CD you can download the drivers from here: http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/MA401/MA401%20Driver%20Version%202.6%20(for%20Windows%2095%20Only).zip or my archive http://sdfox7.com/win95/MA401CD.ZIP

http://sdfox7.com



#1
March 20, 2013 at 09:49:11
There were a range of Orinoco/Lucent wireless cards that were compatible with windows 95.

Just don't expect fast speeds or modern security. I would advise making a temp / sandbox network as the WEP encryption they use is very weak.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orinoco-Cla...

http://cna.mikkeliamk.fi/Public/Dri...


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#2
March 20, 2013 at 10:32:06
I've seen this card, but I need one for a desktop. I suppose it's possible to install this on a desktop, but is that feasible?

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March 20, 2013 at 10:50:47

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#4
March 20, 2013 at 11:19:41
According to
ftp://ftp2.li-life.net/orinoco03/docs/user_guide/GSG_PCI.pdf

That should be compatible with both windows 95 and the orinoco classic card.

I don't know if that seller is supplying the card with it. That looks like it is just the PC-Card to PCI converter


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#5
March 20, 2013 at 14:48:40
If you prefer the Win95 interface, install Win98SE (or WinME), then install the Win95 shell using 98Lite. That will give you the "modern" software support that you need & the Windows interface that you like. Just download the Free Preview version & do the "SLEEK" installation. 98Lite can be installed after Windows but it's best to use it to perform a clean install. As it says, a clean install will prevent "much of the madness ever reaching your hard drive"

http://www.litepc.com/swap.html

http://www.litepc.com/98lite.html


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#6
March 20, 2013 at 18:03:37
I might just take one of my other computers (I have several older cpus from the 90's) and do the 95 route before I get into it too deep. I'm using ME right now to get on this site (with Opera) and it seems to be doing fine.It's just cool to read about people using 95 (I even see people using 3.1) to do fairly modern things. The Shell idea is nice, but I think I would rather just do the actual OS.

I ordered the pcmcia adapter and I have an older Netgear b card with the driver disc. Maybe that will work?


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March 21, 2013 at 20:11:55
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I use a Netgear MA401 wireless card in my Gateway Solo P3C (R0) from early 1996.

It works under Open or 64/128-bit WEP security.

This is what the interface looks like looks like: http://sdfox7.com/win95/NETGEAR.BMP

The wireless card is the sole reason the laptop runs Windows 95 B instead of the original 4.00.950 it came with (or "A" with SP1 installed). I don't like "C" because it includes the desktop active update along with bloated IE 4.0.

Windows 95 B from 1996 has many refinements and many electronic devices require this minimum OS instead of the original.

It is a 16-bit non-Cardbus PCMCIA card that works on a vanilla install of Windows 95, does not require any Cardbus drivers or updates as long as it is Windows 95 B from 1996. It's basically plug-and-play, Windows 95 will detect the card once you plug it in. I've been using this card for around 10 years with no issues.

They're available on eBay sporadically so try to get one if you get the opportunity. I don't recommend Cardbus cards because they are very tricky to get working under Windows 95 and NT 4.0, BIOS interrupt conflicts, etc.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Computers-Tablets-Networking-/58058/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=ma401

If the seller does not include the CD you can download the drivers from here: http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/MA401/MA401%20Driver%20Version%202.6%20(for%20Windows%2095%20Only).zip or my archive http://sdfox7.com/win95/MA401CD.ZIP

http://sdfox7.com


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#8
March 21, 2013 at 20:59:49

I should point out that this card will work in a desktop if you have the MA301 PCMCIA adapter for desktop computers.

Plug the MA401 into the MA301 which you then plug into a PCI slot in the desktop.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Computers-Tablets-Networking-/58058/i.html?_nkw=ma301

http://sdfox7.com


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#9
March 27, 2013 at 09:54:38
I bought the PCMCIA adaptor and just got a brand new Orinoco card that should be arriving tomorrow. The adaptor, a T.I. brand, works fine in the computer. I wasn't able to get the netgear card I have to work (it's too new), but it plugged in and powered the card. I'll end up getting the card SDfox7 recommended I think so I can use it with 95 as opposed to Windows ME I'm using right now.

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#10
March 28, 2013 at 17:24:31
Well...I have the PCI card (Avaya) and the Orinoco card. Despite repeated attempts, Windows ME will not "see" the card. I've installed the drivers, the OS sees the pci adapter but it will not accept the card itself.

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#11
August 26, 2013 at 08:34:07
For desktop cards, the easiest one to get working in my opinion is the Cisco Aironet 340/350 series. It is recommended all over the web, the drivers are easy to obtain, and is the adapter I use on my Windows 95 setup.

According to documentation it only requires Windows 95, doesn't specify about requiring B or later like many PCMCIA ones do. This is probably due to the fact that all versions of Windows 95 support the PCI standard from 1993. However, Windows 95 original and A only include Internet Explorer 2.0, which you cannot even use to connect to the internet or download a newer browser. At least Windows 95 B includes Internet Explorer 3.0 which is new enough to surf with and connect to the internet, download drivers f necessary, etc. You would have to have a copy of IE 3.0 on a CD which is a minor inconvenience when you consider Windows 95 B has a new enough browser built right in.

I bought Aironet 350 on eBay and it works flawlessly with great signal. I have mine connected to a external Hawking HAI6SIP antenna to ensure the best signal possible. You can also get the HAI6SDP, the Hawking products are excellent.

To get the card to work you need the drivers which are available on the Cisco website. You can either register for a free acount or download them from my FTP. http://sdfox7.com/cisco350 For Windows 95 you will want bundle 1.0 or bundle 2.1.

You will need to install the driver, have your Windows 95 CD handy because it will prompt you for TCP/IP networking components. You may need to install the ACU (Aironet Client Utility) separately from the driver *after* installing the driver, but downloading the bundle includes the driver and the ACU so you don't have to download them separately. The driver will be installed, but there is no way to configure the wireless settings until you install the ACU.

After installing ACU, Profile Manager is where you go to configure your network and WEP password, if applicable.

http://sdfox7.com/cisco350/cisco_1.bmp
http://sdfox7.com/cisco350/cisco_2.bmp

http://sdfox7.com

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